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Restorative Justice Training and Technical Assistance
Training for Youth
Alternatives, Inc.’s interactive student training equips youth in grades 7-12 with the skills and knowledge they need to implement restorative peer juries, peer mediation or talking circle programs. During the training, students increase their understanding of restorative justice philosophy, learn each step of the peer jury/peer mediation/circle process, and apply their knowledge using role plays. Students strengthen social-emotional skills such as active listening, conflict resolution, relationship- and empathy-building, and motivational interviewing.
“I am more aware of my actions; I have been leading by example.” -- Michele Clark High School Peer Juror
Training for Adults
Though youth implement the restorative justice sessions, much of the behind-the-scenes work is done by caring, organized, and knowledgeable adults. Our trainings help key adult stakeholders deepen their knowledge and develop the skills needed to implement restorative practices effectively.
Trainings can be general and geared toward all staff, or can focus on specific topics relevant to peer jury advisors, deans, administrators, and other stakeholders running the day-to-day restorative justice programming. We recommend at least 3 hours for an all-staff training. Trainings for peer jury advisors, deans, and other stakeholders are customized to meet each school’s unique needs.
“Being involved in peer jury as a teacher has taught me to be more patient and open minded and to listen to my students and to kinda change the way I talk to students in the classroom. So I think the more teachers involved the better…the stronger the school can be.” --Kelvyn Park Teacher
Implementing restorative justice in a school requires careful planning. Alternatives, Inc.’s technical assistance and coaching options include additional training for staff or students, troubleshooting program challenges, and supporting school-based program coordinators and students to strengthen implementation to align with best practices.